AlfaPeople has always invested in Microsoft technologies for Business Intelligence & Analytics, welcoming the surprise of Power BI’s great performance in the last years. The first version was release in September 2013 and named Power BI for Office 365. At first it was based on Microsoft Excel supplements: Power Query, Power Pivot and Power View. The first version was officialy available to the public at July 2015. The platform gradually became more robust with new features, making it the leading solution – according to Gartner – in just five years.

Features for data visualization, mobile access, visual query building, map rendering and geospatial calculations, storyboards for trend analysis, drill down for detailing data, predictive and web analysis, regulatory compliance, fraud monitoring and detection, multiple data origins for analysis, integrations and big data practices (eg. Hadoop) are some of the dimensions used by specialists that evaluate and classify BI platforms.

Regarding specifically the leader, Power BI it’s an online service toolset that provides data searching, transformation and visualization, sharing discoveries and supporting decision making. Through desktop or mobile devices, Microsoft Power BI enables the easy creation of panels, sharing reports and the direct access (and copy) of all data that is important to the company.

If you’re interested in trying Power BI, the free trial can be activated in seconds, enabling pre-configured analysis models that can be integrated to company legacy data or popular SaaS solutions. These pre-configured templates include data models, queries, dashboards, reports and scripts for automatically refreshing data.

Your favorite dashboards can be accessed directly on your smartphone, through Windows, iOS and Android apps, with additional features for visualization (zoom in and zoom out), commenting and sharing of snapshots, alert setup and notifications about critical business indicators.

The picture below sums up well the data origins of Microsoft Power BI, and its main services. Don’t miss the Natural Language Query feature, where you may ask something as naturally as “what employees, grouped by department, have a salary greater than US$ 5,000?” and receive a ready-to-use view of the data.

Just as with any data analysis solution, Power BI depends directly on the quality of the original data and of the transformation processes created. Well succeeded implementations have in common the rigorous work of collecting requirements, defining KIPs, architecting the solution, prototyping, data quality testing and user experience concerns.

You can count with AlfaPeople to get to know more about Power BI and the best ways of adopting this Microsoft technology!